On the question of power and its abuse by those with and in (positions of) power

Power is never given. Power is fought for! No one gives another power. If you want power, you must be prepared to fight or struggle for it and bear the consequences that come with such process or, as the popular but realistic cliché goes: ‘pay the price for it‘.

There are some people who think you can get power by exploiting popular struggles; which is a more common channel or method through which power is acquired widely. Likewise, there are others who think you are going to get power by simply associating yourself with people who already have power – economic, social and political – and as such; they will rub some of it on you or take a slice of their own power pie and gladly hand it over to you, so you can add to the number of their competitors. Keep on dreaming!

If power were a commodity, it would certainly be one such commodity that arouses fierce competition among those who seek for it, those with extreme and unstoppable ambitions to acquire power. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, famously said that “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”.

Henry Kissinger’s own romantic association with some of the hottest actresses like Jill St John, may indeed prove the veracity of his own claim.

Power is the essence of life. To be without power, is like a dead battery!

“Wherever something strong stands, something else, equally as strong, stands next”, so cautions African wisdom. That is to say, for instance, that wherever and whenever there’s a powerful person in society, there’s a strong and powerful social structure from which such person comes and derives power and therefore, on which the powerful person stands. That no one is born powerful, and that no one becomes powerful from nothing or by themselves alone, that is, from their own individual effort and grit.

That the powerful in society are made [powerful] by society and the social structure that supports and renders them powerful. Put simply, society, through an organised social structure, lends them power; which means, they are operating on borrowed power that can be withdrawn by society and the social and supporting structure that lent it to them in the first place.

There are, for example, business executives who rise through a corporate structure that supports them with an enabling environment, appointed to executive positions and therefore made powerful. But, blinded by their privileges, grow so obtuse as to forget how they got where they are and regard themselves and behave as if they are invincible. The same scenario plays out in the political world in which some powerful politicians, a few powerful political figures who, after coming [in]to power, and get drunk on power and its enabling privileges, quickly forget their power base – the source of their power and how they got where they are, at [to] the top, in the first place.

They grow so arrogant and blinded by power and its privileges as to think and believe, they have [an] absolute monopoly on power and as such, forget that society and the social structure they came from and through which they rose to power – to their (current) powerful positions – that supported and rendered them powerful, still stands next to them. And that it is more powerful than the individual or a handful of them, even with their mighty weapons. That collective social will is invincible and no amount of power of weapons can crush and break and/or bring it down to its knees.